Luke Pearce > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Banking and finance
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Commercial law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Private international law
  • Shipping
  • Sport


Luke has a broad practice covering all aspects of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on banking and derivatives, international arbitration, shipping and commodities, private international law and insurance.

He regularly appears (both as sole counsel and as a junior) in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as before arbitral tribunals under a variety of rules. He has also appeared in the Supreme Court.

Luke is recommended in the Chambers UK and The Legal 500 guides as a leading junior in the fields of banking and finance, international arbitration, shipping and commodities. In 2013 he was named by Legal Week as one of ten “Stars of the Bar” under ten years’ call, where he was described as combining “outstanding intellect with an uncanny ability to identify the points that a court or tribunal will find attractive and those they will not” as well as being “a pleasure to work with”. In 2018 Luke was shortlisted by The Legal 500 for the award of shipping junior of the year.

Before coming to the Bar, Luke taught contract law at Worcester College, Oxford and King’s College, London.


Called to Lincoln’s Inn 2007. Before coming to the Bar, Luke was a tutor and lecturer in Contract Law at Worcester College, Oxford and Kings College, London.


French (proficient); Portuguese (proficient); Spanish (conversational)


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association


  • Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent
  • University of Oxford, Worcester College, Bachelor of Civil Law, Distinction
  • University of Oxford, Worcester College: BA in Jurisprudence, Double First

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Luke PearceTwenty EssexOne of the brightest juniors around and a rising star. Very high quality written work and a polished advocate.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Luke PearceTwenty Essex ‘He is is able to cut through numerous complex and finely balanced legal issues and draft in a clear, concise and powerfully persuasive way.’

Twenty Essex is a ‘go-to set for high-value banking and finance work, both in litigation and arbitration‘. The members are noted for their ‘broad skill set and are able to help us on a range of cases ranging from high volume caseloads to large and complex matters‘. A major dispute before the Court of Appeal was Canada Square v Potter, a high profile PPI mis-selling test case, in which Charles Kimmins KC led a team including Sean Snook for Citibank as defendant. Luke Pearce acted for the defendants (having previously been led by Philip Edey KC) in Victor Pisante; Swindon Holdings & Finance Ltd; BCA Shipping Investments Corporation; Castor Navigation Ltd v George Logothetis; Lomar Corporation Ltd ; Lomar Shipmanagement Ltd; Libra Holdings, a Commercial Court case stemming from various investments in the shipping market and in Piraeus Bank.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Luke PearceTwenty Essex ‘Confident and easy to work with, he is one of the brightest juniors around, a polished advocate and a rising star.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Luke PearceTwenty Essex ‘Luke is extremely bright and easy to deal with and has an excellent way with clients.’